Josh isn't boring, Josh is AMAZING! Admittedly, I'm slightly biased, but whatever.
Most people just end up calling me Joshie though.
Most people just end up calling me Joshie though.
|You are Here: grep sailormoon * / Central Control|
Josh isn't boring, Josh is AMAZING! Admittedly, I'm slightly biased, but whatever.
Most people just end up calling me Joshie though.
Whoa what the heck! I come back in here and have more than 0.3 posts to look at. And this real world/ grep world coming together is freaking me out. ;) And I'm super sad that you guys waited until after I moved out of Dallas to meet up there. Poop.
If anyone else is in the path of Isaac, I hope you stay safe. The rain is supposed to start here in about an hour. Hopefully it won't be too bad, but we're as prepared as we can be.
Howdy all! Great to be back since my time at Grep* in the 1990's when Scot and Jen were webmastering full time, just want to wish everyone a warm welcome, and for those who are new, a special welcome to the best site the human race has ever made :) you'll find friends here that will last you a lifetime.
If there's anything I can do to help, please pm me, and i'll do my best!
Welcome back, MajinTB ! Not much has changed, aside from a smaller user base while everything is cleaned out, dusted, washed, waxed, buffed, and polished to get all the bugs out.
During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by
Well. That's pretty disturbing.
Has anyone else had issues logging in the last few days? Every time I've tried to open finder.php for the last ... week?, I get a blank white page. I could load the main sm.org page, and when I tried to load finder.php from there, it brought me to the main directory as "Guest", but when I logged in, it went white again.
Weird errors are weird. Just wondering if I've been alone in this.
I've been okay, but I've been wondering why it's been so quiet.
I haven't had any problems either. I'm just glad the school quarter is over as of tonight, and I'm seriously looking forward to a much needed 2 week break! Next quarter I have a management class, a networking class, and discrete math. Totally not looking forward to that last one; I've heard enough horror stories about it. @_@
Everyone is afraid the FBI will release their secrets to the world. Also it's the beginning of the school year so I reckon parents are busy with their kids going back to school and professors professing, etc...
Yeah I've been a little crazy busy lately. I moved into my house last weekend (eeeeeeeeee!!) and since then I've been trying to unpack. (Key word: trying. Actually, key word: meaning to try.) I also got cast in a production of The Tempest (hurray for casting alumni too), so rehearsals for that started this week.
And I don't have internet until Saturday. But one of my neighbors doesn't have a password on their router. >_>
Hello from Singapore! Everyone told me that coming here is basically a waste of time, but I have to say I had a really good time during the three days that I've been here. On top of that, they have a few Uniqlos and I went apeshit buying crap for cheap that I could never get in Australia. 2 linen shirts for $20 SG is a total steal!!!
Anywho, I'm about to board a plane to Amsterdam next. It's almost midnight, and the flight is like 14 hours, so I'm reaaally not looking forward to it. Next stop: Europe!
Hello everyone! My actual name is Jessica. (Former member of this community in the early 2000s). It's great to be back!
Also, grad school beckons. I have been reading.... time for seminar. Guess I'd better get moving.
School has definately caused this site to quiet down. In fact I have had dreams of going back to school, but I have a list of priorities and unfortunately grad school has to be placed on the back burner. =/ Right now people are concerned with my gaining weight and getting proper in home support because I am in too much pain to clean properly, do dishes, and do laundry (why do I always get stuck on the third floor?) I have memberoies in college of dropping a mesh laundry basket straight down the middle of the almost never used save for the parking lot and laundry machines stairwell. One time I tore it on the fire extinguisher ;_;. Another time I went grocery shopping and just getting the bags and bags from my car to the door, then around the corner, to the elevator/stairs, then out, then down the long hallway, then inside... I crashed on my bed and my frozen things were half melted a few hours later when my roomate returned from work. I had more back surger in 2008 and a lack of a genius was there to NOT assign me physical therapy, and I have been suffering for it since, then on the mental side I 'beat myself up' for being 'pathetic' that I can't do basic things that people do. I have done some extraordinary things, but what people don't see is that I can't get out of bed for the next two days because I'm in so much pain.
My focus area is within health care, so, I consider your conversation about pain and quality of life a relevant one.
On the topic of school, I think the difficult part (after being involved now for more than a year) is deciding how to assimilate all the knowledge into a meaningful product at the end of the educational journey (thesis/dissertation). Sometimes I wonder, "Am I on the right track? Am I doing this right?" Actually, that's most of the time! It's definitely a challenge. O_O
Happy Video Games Day, everyone! Just got home from work, and I'm getting ready to start celebrating! =)
Yeah, I heard about it being "Video Games Day" on the radio as a dentist was ripping out my rotted wisdom tooth. What a fine time to find out something so humorously dumb. The assistant was looking at me funny when I started laughing at the broadcast as my decayed molar literally shattered between the forceps. Fun times.
You know, here is a thought. Why would you want to make some sort of de facto holiday right after 9/11?
I wonder if that date means something significant in the video game world? Hm. I'm too lazy to look it up.
I had my wisdom teeth removed, and, as I was recovering from conscious sedation... the doctor was discussing the fact that I might have long-lasting numbness due to a nearby nerve. I was pretty worried... Luckily, he was erroneous. But I dreaded getting them removed, so much.
so going to get that shirt Scot...
At work I think our entire IT team can attest to that.
I've been busy and my circadian rhythm is all messed up because work's been switching me between day shift and swing shift repeatedly over the past few weeks.
sucks. glad I don't have to balance school on top of that as well.
So how is everyone doing?
(As far as myself...I have 100000 hours of homework each night and 100000 pages to read and write). In addition, I have suffered a leak in my apartment, am in temporary housing, and it smells like something died in my "permanent" room assignment. I have rigorously cleaned until, well, I don't know.... It must be sanitary by now.
I love it when my students #$%$@#!! about how much reading I've assigned.
I like to listen to undergraduate students talk about professors in the student lounge. Makes me giggle.
Wow, I suck for not logging in for so long! (You can make your obligatory jokes now)
Anyway, welcome back kyisama! It's good to see the old members slowly trickling back to the site now that it's up and running again. I was NeoSailorMars back in the day.
If the joke is indeed obligatory, then, here we go: I propose a movement for change. Logging in isn't enough. We must post or things will back up into the past and we will no longer have this forum, once again! :)
Yes, thanks kurohikarichan. It is a nostalgic feeling to be back among the dedicated people who contribute to cosplay and all things Sailor Moon!
I assumed that this place came back in the first place because of the announcement of the new series. And perhaps this place will pick up again when the thing finally shows. But I've been a part of a few different communities dating back to the late 90's to early 00's. And I've seen them die, come back weaker, die again, come back weaker still, and then either fall off the face of the internet or are left there as hollow archives. That's just how these things work. And I see it happening here if for no other reason then for the fact that I'm aware of at least one more Sailor Moon board that's far more active then this one.
I see this place as more of a gathering of those that are holding onto the past rather then discussing what this corner of the internet was erected for in the first place all those years ago. I'm not saying that it's a bad thing. But I'm saying that a community can't sustain itself this way.
I would like to build on those thoughts, Magus12000BC. I knew another community that was much lesser than this one in that this community actually has a focus. The other community had no general topic. No focus. It was a random forum for people to be juvenile. To compound this, the administrator was a bit of a flake and would randomly pull it down and then re-establish the community throughout the time he aged from a teenager to his mid-twenties. It seemed to be the administrator's way of being a leader somewhere... and, yes, it was very dysfunctional. People were trolls. People were very uncivil and abusive in the content of the posts. The administrator did NOTHING or very little to mitigate conflict.
I see this... on the surface so far... as a healthier community... despite the fact that it also suffers from a touch and go, or rather, come and go type of virus. The other one I spoke of is "gone." The leader is probably more involved in a dysfunctional real life situation rather than a dysfunctional online situation. Just stating it -- just putting it out on the table -- laying out the cards. That's just how it is and was. And yes, perhaps, this resurrection is for the new release. Perhaps it will pick up. But nothing is forevermore...! I try to accept the truth. I try to accept reality and come to terms with its sometimes unrelenting truth(s).
I don't see it as hanging on to the past but keeping a good thing going. But that is me. :)
"I see this place as more of a gathering of those that are holding onto the past rather then discussing what this corner of the internet was erected for in the first place all those years ago. I'm not saying that it's a bad thing. But I'm saying that a community can't sustain itself this way."
I've got some thoughts on this, but I think it is important to discuss. What do y'all think?
Discussion fosters activity.
Agreed. Meaningful discussion can, indeed, foster activity and ultimately provide a basis for collective understanding and well-supported change if needed. In regard to this particular concern... I can provide more input, but, I defer to the knowledge of those who were most involved in this community in the past. I'm always in the outer group, so, take me with a grain of salt. Like an outer senshi. I'm a rogue intellectual, of sorts.
As I said before, I'm Jessica. It doesn't matter who I "was" in the past! For goodness sakes! I was 15? Know me now.
I do one thing that most 'internet communites' that are sucessful to some degree have that we don't, and that is dressable avatars. I was never extremely crazy about the idea, and we had 'items' that you could 'equip' long before those sites existed, but it felt more like a video game, knowing you had a Rini/Chibi-Usa easter egg in one hand and a Sailor Moon Artbook in the other. Unfortunately, the most popular of those sites has 'sold its soul' to corporate sponsorship, spyware, stories of kids stealing their parent's credit cards in order to get the secondary currency that allows you get the 'good items'... my account there collects dust out of nostalgia.
I found a second 'avatar site' that fosters intelligent discussion in many ways; the staff is ACTIVE, the longer the posts are, the more 'gold' (virtual currency) you get, there is not a single advertisement on the site, it is completely supported by the users, and like the old days of the one overwhelming with illiterate children they only offer two 'donation items' per month at $2.50 each, $5 for the set. I knew something was wrong when 'site A' had to legally stop calling them 'Donation Letters' because they were no longer non profit. -_-;
In many ways we were ahead of the times. In other ways the site has atrophied, basically as Scot said "bits rot", and not just the code... the lure of what is 'popular' and what would make a sucessful community has shifted as well.
I think we should all reflect on the sucesses and failings of other communities and learn from their sucesses and mistakes alike.
As people have said before, we've all changed. Many of us, including myself, were kids when we used this site. Now we've moved on, gotten jobs, married, had kids, etc. So that does leave us with a question of where we should go from here. Should we attempt to restart the site in the hopes of a new generation carrying it forward? Or do we leave it as it is, a place to reminisce and reconnect with the past? I think neither option is appropriate. As I said, this community has grown. As such, I think this site should be all hentai, all the time, to represent our increased maturity and appreciation for the medium. Thank you for your consideration.
I would like to reflect further on the forum I mentioned before in one of my previous postings. Let me give it a pseudonym: "C.F." So this community, C.F., was open to the globe, yet, only a small portion of the community resided outside the midwestern section of the United States. Some knew each other "IRL." It had many iterations and versions. There were roughly 20 active members in its height, then, in its demise, it had about 5 persistent people who kept it a living entity. The administrator, as I mentioned prior, suffered from mental-emotional issues (not a critique... I have GAD and MDD myself). But, this was a problem. The administrator's intolerance of serious discussion and unwillingness to facilitate the acclimation of outsiders in the community was quite odd.... considering the fact that the ultimate goal was MOAR MEMBERS ~ .... Yes, I had to vent.
Pros of Community
-Allowed for very shy people to socialize with others in an anonymous and online environment
Cons of Community
-It served as an environment for trolls to flower. Even people who were not trolls ganged up and mobbed others in this online vicinity
-Meaningful discussion was "shot down" very quickly
-Serious members were labeled "too serious" and were quickly mobbed by the larger community... Example: "You're too serious." "Why do you use "big words."
All that being said, I think the failing of the community is inherent in all online anonymous forums. You should have the courage to be who you are, respectfully, and learn to be CIVIL with others to foster a healthy community. More importantly, there was a severe lack of leadership in this community. We can learn from them by remembering to model appropriate behavior (still have fun)... but not humiliate others. Also, communities should have a FOCUS... I learned this very quickly. The focus could be even as broad as, "Serious Discussion" about other forums... just as we are having now. It doesn't have to be so narrow as to exclude everyone.
Thanks for letting me vent. This was very therapeutic!
@SailorJupiter: L-O-L. Count me in for your choice of Grep*'s future :)
I didnt come back to hold on to the past, I came back to help, so that others might have a place to build their own past. I didnt come back to talk sailor moon, i came back so that people that wanted to talk sailor moon would have a place to do so. I had fun here, and i refuse to not help others discover the same adventures i have had on grep.
Last i checked, we arent advertising. And actually, i dont know that we ever did. Thats the true beauty of this place. No one came looking for grep, but they somehow found it. (For me, it was as simple as trying sailormoon.com sailormoon.net and sailormoon.org and seeing what came up.) No one pushed for higher member numbers, but lo and behold, we had thousands. We have never tried to be a bigger community, but when it grew, we worked to accommodate the new members. If we never become popular again, it doesnt matter, we werent ever trying to be popular and we never will. Popularity fades, but character doesnt. And yes, when the new sailor moon series was mentioned, ill be the first to admit i was excited. In truth, i was looking for any reason i could find to come back. To have THIS. When i read the original quote that scot cited, i was torn. Part of me was furious and part of me laughed. We HAVE sustained ourselves. It might not be on grep, but the community that i know and love never went away. We exchanged phone numbers, emails, facebook profiles, and twitters. Anything we could do to hold onto our friendships, we did. We have sustained. No, we did better. We have thrived. Weddings, birthdays, pregnancy, whatever. We have been there for each other. And whats better, we never stopped. Grep has been gone for years, and im still learning about the people i knew back then. I have aged, but i have aged with them. I have grown, but they have grown with me. For me, grep has always been a haven more than a community. You pray when you're not at church. You learn even if you're not in school. Just because grep has come and gone countless times doesnt mean you cant enjoy the time you have while its up.
As for leadership, baby we were the first ones back. you've got, at the very least, a member of every team ready to go to work. You want a higher population here? spread the word. We're ready.
We arent trying to be other sites. we are us, something im very proud to say. Join if you want, share if you can, enjoy it while it lasts, and be grateful you had the chance. I know i am.
Hammy! Are you forgetting that I still have virgin eyes?!
(Yes, at twenty-seven-and-a-half years old. Yes, the half is important, and the fact I think so just reinforces the fact that I'm a virgin... who has a bed with stuffed animals, has colouring books, action firgures, LEGOs of all kinds.)
LOL. Sorry if I get wordy, as well!
I just finished a paper that I revised for the Nth time. I am never satisfied with first drafts. It's rather neurotic...
You're not supposed to be satisfied with the first draft. And you're doing it wrong if you are. I think that goes for anything between presentations to creative writing. But that's just my take on it.
Three simple questions:
Why are you here?
How do you think "success" for this site should be defined?
What would you suggest to get to there?
I'm here because nostalgia is powerful. This site was a massive part of my time a decade ago. I developed many friendships on this site. I learned a lot, both about technology and about communities.
Success, in my mind, is a small group of interesting people, having interesting conversations about interesting things. People who aren't unwilling to change and yet remain rooted in the shared history of the community. That is, people who honor the past and yet look forward to the future.
To get there? I don't think it needs effort, just gravity and a willingness to let things grow as they grow, die as they die, and blossom as they blossom. At most we need to tend the garden, sprinkle around some manure (*smirk*) and pull weeds. If people want features, changes, and so on, they should do them, but forcing anything won't succeed.
And yes, Magus12000BC, I do pathologize my existence all too often. I must think more broadly about collective experience. Indeed, the first draft is a work in progress. It just feels like that, after I go over my work for the Nth time, and, the editor goes over it for the Nth time... I'm ready to go into orbit. Just an emotional response to a rather cognitive process.
So, regardless of what I said in the past about helping with the newsletter, I will defer to all writing and editing of documents to the current most wonderful staff. I am so busy with my scientific writing that I can't even get to my creative works. Gah! So yes, I'm a bit frazzled and cannot take one more duty at this moment. I'm sure everyone has everything under control around here, staff wise, at any rate. Everything seems to be nice and controlled.
I am here to mainly contribute to discussion points. It's a bit odd, in a sense, because I really only know one of you in a cursory manner. However, I am most willing to get to know you all if you are interested in having discussions! Success is, in my mind, defined as a small cohort engaging in meaningful discussion. I think this site achieves that well, but, could encourage such engaging discussion by perhaps providing more thought-provoking dialogue starters? Just a thought. I think we are well on the road to meeting our collective definition of success. Just a bit more enthusiasm for meaningful dialogue may need to be encouraged.
Nostalgia is indeed a powerful force. I would guess that is why the majority (if not all) of us who are still around are still around. I don't think there's anyone who doesn't have an emotional moment now and then recalling something that holds a cherished memory. We grow up and move on to different things. People enter and exit our lives. Sometimes when it all seems too overwhelming, we desire a return to the days when things were simpler and we were happy. Without new users, being here is akin to looking through an old photo album or watching home videos for me. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either; it's nice to just reminisce once in a while. Most of the current, day-to-day conversing and keeping up with people happens on Facebook though.
Because of this site, I have made MANY wonderful friends, and I'll always be grateful to Scot and Jen for creating this environment that enabled me to do so. I’ve also had the amazing opportunity to meet some of them in person (Beth, Kita, MJ, Amanda, Laura, Claire, and Kristy), and I consider my life richer from the experience. We may not talk to each other for days, months, or (God forbid) years; but the extraordinary thing is we can pick up where we left off like no time has passed. That is a characteristic of true friendship to me, and I will consider myself blessed if I get to meet even half of the rest of the people in person that I know from here.
Success and how to get there are two sides of the same coin in my opinion. As Scot mentioned, if the members of a community enjoy each others' company and conversation, then it's successful. With that though, being introduced to new ideas and experiences are what allow us to evolve and mature, to grow as people. In biology, a low genetic diversity in the gene pool leads to inbreeding and eventually extinction. As funny as that analogy is, we need fresh ideas and perspectives to keep from becoming stagnant. As a bonus, who doesn’t like making new friends? Sure there are always a few weeds that need pulled, but that's just general every day maintenance.
I know there are still bugs to work out and ideas to implement before the site is open to new users. I don’t have an affinity for coding, or I would be offering more than my opinion and observations. Those who have these skills already have a full plate, and I’m not judging what has or has not been done. I don’t have the right to. I’m also not saying it should have already happened or needs to happen immediately, but I think the longer we go without that happening, the less likely we’ll get around to it.
I guess what I'm trying to say in a nutshell is that even if the site were to shut back down today, the community itself would survive. It has before. We'd still be a part of each others' lives via Facebook and such. In order for this site specifically to continue, I think it needs more active people. Without that, I think the frequency that people log in and check the forums is going to decline over time to the point where people stop checking altogether.
One aspect not offered by Facebook is increased anonymity. It's a social movement, Facebook-ing, and I wonder when it, too, will inevitably run its course. I grow weary of my boss, my colleagues, my students, my professors: ALL having access to my page by one means or another. It doesn't lend itself to an open and honest forum. It's rather a Care Bear sort of reality where everyone is "Oh, Wonderful for You" this or "What a Wonderful Life" that. I'd also rather not have my grandmother in my personal life :). I suppose what I am trying to convey is this: I miss a place where I can speak freely, yet respectfully, and not have it aired out to the public. As if I am someone important, pfft. Yeah. I'm a peon, rather.
Why am I here should be split into 2 questions I believe:
1: why did I come here in the first place
2: why am I still here
In regards to 1 I came here and probably discovered the site because I was infatuated with anime and sailor moon specifically back when I was younger.
In regards to 2 I stayed with this site because the people I met and relationships I made, even they be virtual, were important and irreplaceable to me. Ive been a member of many other communities but the relationships and connections that were made at those communities only extended as far as the site's topic material (anime, mmo, electronics, etc) and never went deeper. I never cared whether someone had a new kid or whether someone graduated college at any of those sites because they either did not talk about it or because it never felt comfortable to talk to them about such things, we were there to talk about one thing and that was it. There were never any chats outside of the message boards, never any meet ups between people IRL. Maybe because the subject matter of the boards and the rules or moderators were held to be so ridged that off topic more personal conversation could never
really take place. Meaningful connections between people could not be established.
Of course there is another aspect to be considered and that is the quality of people within a community. If you cannot size up a person and find them to be agreeable or not then you will not develop a friendship. In this community early on I think we had plenty of people that went through some rough crap back in the day some of those people used this community as a type of support network. I think because of that and because those people were not rejected or ridiculed but instead accepted and helped it brought groups of people closer together than people usually are at sites like this. Bonds were made that transcended the subject material.
In that regard this site is successful for nothing more than providing a place where lasting friendships between people can be remembered and kept alive.
If you're looking for new people to come to the site I dont think it's really going to happen because the community subject material sailor moon is so old that younger people won't be drawn to it and thus get sucked into the deeper community.
Or something like that...
I 2nd Hammys Hentai idea.
BTW worked 3rd shift last night...
and was posting from my cell.
so apologize for any incoherent comments.
Body is all out of whack now... -_-zzz
I am here because Sailormoon is facking awesome.
Now that election season is over, I can finally answer my phone again.
I just wanted to drop in and say I hope that everyone is having a great Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for GSM* and all the people I met through it. I probably wouldn't be the programmer I am today if it weren't for this place and for Scot.
Don't get trampled on black friday!
Well, I leave for a bit and this place dies of quickly. So I guess I will start posting daily again. Happy Holiday's guys!
I'm lurking about...it's difficult to find good flights from the Galaxy Cauldron these days though. Never fly United, kids. I'm telling you. They tried to make me check my fuku.
In other news... The Hobbit comes out tonight! Eeeeeeeee!!! :D
I just saw it. Not as bad as I was expecting given the reviews.
I saw it with a group of friends Saturday night. It was a little slow at the start, but I really enjoyed it. I can't seem to stop listening to the Dwarves singing Misty Mountains (Cold) now. I've always greatly enjoyed deep bass, and there's a lot of bass in it and I'm addicted!
I'm also getting obsessed with Richard Armitage (Thorin), and keep finding things he's in to watch. I love Netflix for this. ;)
In case I disappear back into the Ether before the month is up, Happy Winter Holidays to everyone! I'll be having my own private Yule celebration on Friday, followed by Christmas with the family Monday and Tuesday. <3 y'all.
I just got a pair of MT00 Zero Drop New Balance running shoes. I was a little iffy at first, but these things are great. Did anyone else get something for Christmas they really liked?
I also received a hand-made quilt from my mother. That is something that can never be replaced.
I got a new pair of Skechers for myself, and two pair of toe socks from my sister. And a hand full of cards in the mail. :)
I've had better years, but I've had worse.
Nothing too crazy for Christmas, but I did get my parents to agree to help me buy a new lens for my nikon. So I got this one. *_*
It's so shiny!
Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to everyone who observes such things, and Happy New Years to one and all!
Happy New Year! It's 2013 and the world didn't end. I say The Doctor saved us... again.
I dunno if this is allowed here. If it is not, feel free to remove it. However, I host a nice Minecraft server now and I would love the old members of Crescent to play. If any of you are still around. ;p
That is the site for my server. We are still getting things laid out. It is all professionally hosted.
Poke poke... How's everyone on the east coast enjoying 15 degree weather? It snowed just enough here to make the road slippery, and my brand new car has tires that are great in the dry but terrible in the snow. So driving home from work was one long panic attack.
SailorDecember I think it's okay for now, unless the Queen Gerbil says otherwise, but so far I've generally been the more worrysome one among the remaining Jupiters. :)
When I was in England it was never above freezing and I think the constant hypothermia lowered my immune system to the point where I actually contracted a cold. It was pretty bad for a while but now I'm slowly recovering, but for an awesome once in a lifetime convention and to see a couple of friends, one new one old (and still make it to church when I was gone, to boot!), it was a great experience. Then people ask why I as only gone for four days: because I'm broke!
Enjoy your snow and ice. It's been in the 60s and 70s here for the last week, and it's supposed to stay that way for the next week at least. The joys of living in the south, eh? Shorts in January. lol
@Shawn - Chill out when you drive, panicking will make things so much worse if something goes wrong. Remember, give it gas, never brake.
@meatballhead - I had that cold, it was nasty. I would love to see some old members on my server. I miss everyone so much!
@Cherrii - Well, well, well. Are we not fancy. :P
Pish posh. It was 80 degrees an sunny until 9pm here. I spent all evening after work reading by the pool working on my tan in a speedo.
You northern hemisphere types are so behind the times!
Well then! Of all the nerve!
You have a pool and did not invite any of us?!
Reporting in, I hope everyone treated a special someone for valentines day. Themselves!
Haha, no but seriously, I ate way to much junk food.
Hello. bonjour and happy February 18th. We are still working on our Sailor Moon CG project. My cohort here has been without a pc for sometime, but the storyline is coming along and it is solid.
It is NOT your typical fanfic, this is some of the best writing, for any SM project, that I have had the pleasure of running across. Two years in the works.
The camera system and magic system are almost complete and UDK is now playing nicely.
So we are into March now! Just received my new microphone and midi controller.
Live 8 + Audition for sound editing. I have been spending my time re-mastering old midis.
How do you like live 8? Especially since 9 is almost out. I've got a crippled version of 6 which came with my M-Audio Keystation. But, I do most of my stuff in Maschine and don't really need a DAW. I've got Cubase 6 as well, but it crashes all the time.
How do you like the SM58? I don't have a need for a mic at this point, but Shure makes good ones.
I use the TASCAM US-200 for digitizing vinyl and other things. Nice ADC. I don't use the MIDI on it since all my kit does USB already.
Live 8 is incredible, I was using a combination of Reaper and a FL to get the sounds I wanted. However, once I switched over to Live 8, I will never go back.
The SM58 is one of the best mics I have had the pleasure of using. One of my good friends owns a music shop, and she lets me borrow high end mics. I prefer my Shure over all of them.
The US-122 is cheap and gets everything done with some power to spare. If you need a nice suite to record with, I use a combination of Reaper and Audition to get the job done.
Reaper is good when I am recording over multiple tracks. Live 8 lags if you do not have a sufficient CPU.
I have been way to busy for my own good, yet I still find time to paint. I have been giving away paintings on the MLPForums, and I am thinking about doing a few SM ones.
Very nice! I wish I could draw like that. I'm one of those people whose stick figures even look like they're retarded. I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler half of the time. ;_;
One of my friends draws comics, and he's recently started a new series called "Freaky Fridays" where he takes two characters and swaps their costumes.
This week is Sailor Moon and Batman:
Hahaha, I love it. I am going to forward this over to a friend of mine, he will get a kick out of this. (Or think it is blasphemy, he loves Batman).
On a side-note: I dug around in the Crescent source for a bit, I was going to try and re-write it for Scott and never got around to it. However, there may not be a direct need to any longer.
Feld0 from MLPForums directed me towards a framework called Laravel. I mixed this up with some SaSS and Angular.js (for live webpages, notification, ect), and it is amazing.
Not that it would ever happen, nor am I disrespecting Scott's amazing work with Crescent, but I think a re-design with these packages would be amazing. I am giving it a full trial with a big website project.
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